More details are emerging about the Iraqi refugee, Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, accused of bombing Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande, Arizona last Friday. The Phoenix New Times is reporting that the probable cause affidavit, released yesterday, was written by an FBI agent in the Phoenix division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Despite, the arrest, the FBI is not charging Aldosarry with an act of terrorism:(bolding is mine).
However, the feds haven’t mentioned any motive in general, and as usual, the feds are being tight-lipped. Police have even referred New Times to the FBI when we asked local cops about Aldosary being arrested on misdemeanor charges a few months ago — we’ll provide more on this later today.
Although there are plenty of federal laws related to bombing, bomb-making, and other actions related to bombs (read up on some by clicking here), Aldosary isn’t faced with any of that at this time.
However, a federal complaint explains that a search warrant served at Aldosary’s home Friday night turned up recipes and materials for explosive devices.
There was a cache of documents hidden behind a photograph on a wall in the house, including “materials and equipment needed to make RDX…homemade nitroglycerine, ammonium nitrate from homemade chemicals, how to make a bomb from homemade chemicals, and recipes from the Anarchists Chemical Cook Book,” the complaint says. There were also handwritten notes labeled “Materials Needed,” which included a list of things included in the aforementioned recipes. Additionally, investigators found receipts for a nitric-acid solution, and a scale from a chemical-supply store in Phoenix.
The federal complaint later notes — with no context — that the explosive named RDX “is stable in storage and is considered one of the most powerful of the military high explosives. RDX is believed to have been used in many bomb plots including terrorist plots.”
Phoenix’s local ABC News affiliate is reporting the ammonium nitrate is the same type of fertilizer Timothy McVeigh used to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. According to ABC News 15, “Authorities said they seized a handgun and rifle at the suspect’s home along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and several gallons of chemicals that could be used to make a bomb.”
Congressman Peter King, New York Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told me on Tuesday Aldosary’s background will be seriously looked into, considering King has long held concerns about the security issues surrounding the various Iraqi refugee programs over the years.
“I assume that’s how he got in. It should be and will be looked into…absolutely. It’s a real concern we have here,” Rep. King said. The New York GOP’er wants to know more about Aldosary saying that authorities should “definitely track down and figure out how he got in here and what his background was.”
In July of 2011, Iraqi refugees were rechecked for terrorism links. The L.A. Times reported that more than 58,000 Iraqi refugees living in the U.S. were screened again, because officials feared of breaches in immigration security:(bolding is mine)
The investigation was given added urgency after U.S. intelligence agencies warned that Al Qaeda leaders in Iraq and Yemen had tried to target the U.S. refugee stream, or exploit other immigration loopholes, in an attempt to infiltrate the country with operatives.
The rescreening began late last year after the FBI learned that an Iraqi man in Kentucky had participated in roadside bomb attacks in Iraq before he was granted U.S. political asylum in 2009. He and another Iraqi refugee were arrested in an FBI sting in May on charges of trying to send explosives and missiles to Iraq for use against Americans.
So far, immigration authorities have given the FBI about 300 names of Iraqi refugees for further investigation. The FBI won’t say whether any have been arrested or pose a potential threat. The individuals may have only tenuous links to known or suspected terrorists. The names were identified when authorities rechecked phone numbers, email addresses, fingerprints, iris scans and other data in immigration files of Iraqis given asylum since the war began in 2003.
They checked the data against military, law enforcement and intelligence databases that were not available or were not utilized during the initial screening process, or were not searched using sufficient Arabic spelling and name variations.
In addition to the Iraqis, authorities have rescreened a smaller number of refugees from Yemen, Somalia and other countries where terrorist groups are active.
“My concern is about the security issue…about the ones who shouldn’t be here,” Rep King said of the programs.